Thoughts From The Back Pew

Thoughts from the back pew, a thought provoking, interactive study, exploring the issues we all encounter on our spiritual journey. Maybe within this study you'll  find a fresh perspective as I share stories from my view, in the back pew...#Pkes This Week, Wednesday July 18th @ 7pm: 
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When Did We Find You Hungry & Give You Food?

"...when did we find You hungry and give You food? When did we find You thirsty and slake Your thirst? When did we..." "...I tell you this: whenever you saw a brother or sister hungry or cold, whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me..."
The only difference in the sheep and the goats is what they did or did not do... Or, As God told Israel, “You’re doing all your religious exercises, but those things mean nothing if you ignore the poor."  So each month Ministry in Motion rents this truck, full of fresh produce, to share with our friends at the The Well on Masters Road. Lean in and be part of MinM family. #MinMChurch#MetroLifeChurch

My God!

My God! He is not an Episcopalian, not a Catholic, not a Baptist, not an Evangelical. His politics are not left leaning nor do they hedge to the right. He will outlast Mt Rushmore; He is not represented by a bald eagle but a descending dove.  Every nation has churches that are shaped by their society’s cultural values and by the political landscape of the day. America is no different. But we must always remember that the God of the Scriptures is the God of one ideology, His. 
He is the God of the poor and stranger(s), Lev 19:10.  God, residing in his holy dwelling, is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, Ps 68:5.  The Eternal preserves the stranger [foreigner].        Ps 146:9 
I love America, my country - I’m committed to liberty and justice for all. But way to many churches are reflecting the ugliness of our age rather than the beauty of the risen Christ.  Pray with me: Lord, save us from ourselves. In your great mercy, restore and heal each of us, wherever we reside; grant us…

Privatized Salvation?

The Christian life is not just about a personal relationship with God, even if personal faith and responsibility are absolutely necessary. When too much emphasis is placed on a privatize salvation, we run the potential of getting so much wrong.

Avoid the draw to escape church citizenry.  Becoming a disciple of Christ was never meant to be a solo expedition. Doing so means we expose ourselves to totally missing the opportunity to see the Eternal and His Holy Spirit in action: in real communities, in actual churches, in non-partisan politics, in obvious differences, in honest-to-goodness marriages, in authentic social discussions and during hard theological disagreements. You can't go it alone. Following Jesus shouldn’t be about intellectual assent, but rather it's communal activity, where-by we help ensure we don’t run the risk of missingthe Word who came to dwell among us. Consider that believing in Jesus and being mentored by the Holy Ghost is largely a group activity, albeit a…

Giving Back

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What If We Were Formed By The Beatitudes?

Wednesday June 27th @ 7pm  The Beatitudes describe the ideal disciple and his rewards, both present and future. The person whom Jesus describes in these passages has a different quality of character and lifestyle than those still 'outside the kingdom.' Sometimes it's even different from those who subscribe to being 'inside the kingdom.' Picture Jesus, on a hill, a small mount, facing the Sea of Galilee, near the town of Capernaum. Here the eight Beatitudes, with a final blessing, are recorded, for all posterity, in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 5, versus3-11. When Jesus, Yeshua, had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. As I read and re-read these wise words of antiquity, I'm thoroughly convinced that the Beatitude attitudes are missing from many of the contemporary evangelical churches in America. So I asked myself, what might happen if we became a peo…

When Silence Creeps You Out

How many times have we been excited to tell a story to someone, to express an excitement or a share an aha moment, only for it to fall on deaf ears?
“...All who have ears to hear, let them listen…” Essentially Jesus is saying:Listen up! Pay close attention! The Greek Scriptures record this phrase,"He who has ears to hear, let him hear"seven times, each time from the lips of the Christ. Although we hear with our ears, many of us don’t necessarily listen to what is being said.
Whether we’re communicating with a significant other, family members, a colleague or friend, everyone wants to feel heard. And if we’re in conflict—when emotions are inflamed, it’s easy for understanding to be compromised, agreements to seem impossible and hearing to be all but lost. When we don’t hear we’ll,when we are reacting too quickly orjudging, or providing solutions, even disagreeing, we become less of aa good sounding board and more like somebody who just wants to be heard. But when someone listen…

How to Survive a Shipwreck

This Wednesday we'll continue our study:   Help IS on the Way, How to Survive a Shipwreck  #MetroLifeChurch #MinmChurch

The Love of God

Love encompasses a variety of emotional and mental states, from the deepest interpersonal affection and to the simplest of pleasures. The disciple John wrote more about love than any other biblical author. In his first epistlehe penned:“ …God is love. Anyone who lives faithfully in love also lives faithfully in God, and God lives in him…”Richard Rohr said: “We are born out of love, we exist in love, and we are destined for eternal love. . . . It is time to reinvent ourselves in love." Love is an attribute of God, a core aspect of His character. While I find this a bit incomprehensible, it does beg the the question: Is God an impersonal principle or a personal being?  If you believe “God is Love” do you consider this as a theoretical,  or personal truth? Share with us on FB, Why or why not?
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Thy Kingdom Come — But Why Not Now?

Quick question. Why would God come at this particular time in history, in Bethlehem during the reign of Caesar Augustus, in the person of Jesus, during the taking of a census? Why not during the Middle Ages? Or during the Great Depression? Or in the midst of the Holocaust?Why Not Now? Now and Not Yet. As Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he said It’s time! The kingdom of God is near! The God who would not show his face to Moses has shown his face to his people in and as Jesus.The kingdom has come, according to the text, including this from Luke 17:21 And the coming of the kingdom is still future according toMark 13:32This is all very puzzling.It confused the Pharisees and Scribes. Baffled Christ’s disciples. It’s dizzying to me. During the latter half of the twentieth century, scholars came to a consensus about Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God. They agreed, and I think they were right, that it has both a present aspect, and a future aspect . The now piece is the k…